Houston Texans rookie John Metchie III diagnosed with Leukemia


John Metchie III, a rookie with the Houston Texans, has been diagnosed with leukemia and will not be able to participate in the NFL this season.

Houston Texans wide receiver John Metchie III (88) poses for a portrait during the NFLPA Rookie Premiere on Saturday, May 21, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Ryan Kang via AP)

In a statement released on Sunday, the 22-year-old wide receiver claimed he had been diagnosed with leukemia but was “in excellent spirits” and expected to recover.
Recently, he was diagnosed with APL (Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia), which is the most treatable form of leukemia.

“I am currently in excellent medical hands, and I have a positive outlook for a speedy recovery in the future.


That means I’m probably out of football for the season, at least for now.” My primary concern will be regaining my physical and mental wellness.

“I’d want to thank you in advance for your support and well-wishes. ” It is with great anticipation that I look forward to my return. “May God’s blessings be upon you.”

“Promyelocytes” are white blood cells that are “markedly increased” in APL patients, according to the National Organization of Rare Disorders.


You may say, “John has triumphed over all the odds.”

This year’s NFL draft saw Metchie drafted 44th overall.
After injuring his ACL in December, the Alabama alum had 96 receptions for 1,142 yards and eight touchdowns last season.
Nick Saban, his former coach at Alabama, sent him his best wishes in the form of a letter.

According to Saban, “John has surmounted every challenge thrown at him in his life with toughness and determination, and we are with him every step of the way in his fight against Leukemia.”.
“It’s a blessing that he’s in a city known for exceptional care and with an organization, in the Houston Texans, who will be with him throughout this journey.


“We will keep him in our thoughts and prayers as he fights this battle.”

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